Cellphone service in Boston subway by years end [telecom]
- From: Monty Solomon <monty@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 02:45:27 -0400
Full cellphone reception expected for T subway by year's end
AT&T, T-Mobile have signed on
By Matt Rocheleau
Globe Correspondent / May 21, 2012
All underground portions of the MBTA subway system should be fully
wired for cellphone reception by the end of the year, the company
designing and installing the network predicted.
But many T riders may have to wait longer before they can talk, text,
and check e-mail throughout the system's 19 miles of tunnels: Only
two major mobile carriers, AT&T and T-Mobile, have immediate plans to
introduce or expand their subterranean coverage.
Verizon offers service at four downtown stations and the tunnels
between them but has not announced plans to expand its coverage.
Other carriers have not worked out agreements with InSite Wireless,
which signed a contract with the T in 2005 to oversee the project.
The company charges carriers to connect to the underground network
and gives a percentage of the revenue to the Massachusetts Bay
The T expects the deal will net the agency about $5.3 million over
the course of its 15-year contract with InSite Wireless. That figure
should rise as the areas where cell service is offered expand and as
more carriers sign on, said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo.
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